Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees

AVID COVID 19 crisis appeal

Despite the risks posed by coronavirus, many hundreds of migrants remain locked in detention centres, where even basic social distancing is impossible. Scared and anxious, they are at risk if the virus spreads. We are working to ensure they know they are not alone, and pushing for safe release.

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It ran from 1:00 AM, 5 May 2020 to 1:00 AM, 5 August 2020

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1156709)


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  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy
  • Information/AdviceInformation/Advice


  • Minority GroupsMinority Groups
  • Refugees/Asylum SeekersRefugees/Asylum Seekers


United Kingdom


While the rest of the world works to keep people safe during the coronavirus, many hundreds of people remain locked up in immigration detention centres & prisons purely for administrative convenience. Despite confirmed cases in detention, the Home Office is refusing to release people into safe, community alternatives. People in detention tell us they are anxious and frightened: in prison environments even basic social distancing is impossible.


AVID is working during the crisis to ensure people in detention know they are not alone. Through our network of volunteer visitors groups, support is being provided on the phone and via Skype to people inside. This is a lifeline at this time. AVID is also working to support and train volunteers to carry out this work, gathering data on the situation, and pushing for safe managed release of all. We are also delivering new work on post detention support at this time.